Screening: the New York Premier of Federal, a 24-hour movie by Mary Ellen Carroll
July 28th, 9 am – July 29th, 9 am
Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street Tel. 212.924.3363 www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv
Storefront for Art and Architecture is pleased to announce the opening of Federal, a new series of photographs by New York-based artist Mary Ellen Carroll, and the New York premiere of her 24-hour movie of the same title on Thursday, July 28th at Cinema Village.
The title for the project is derived from the name of the Federal Building, located at 11000 Wilshire in Los Angeles and designed by the architect Charles Luckman in 1969. Luckman returned to architecture following his successful business career as the CEO of Lever Brothers, during which he was inspired SOM's Lever House. The Federal Building has been referred to in architectural guidebooks as the ‘embodiment of bureaucracy.’ This work echos both Andy Warhol’s Empire and Antonio Negri’s popular book Empire in a genuine yet ironic fashion. But Federal it is not a film about the building as celebrated icon, nor an interpretation of an au courant political theory. It is the articulation of what is legally, socially, and politically non-representable.
American national security in the post-World Trade Center socio-political landscape focuses on surveillance and counter-surveillance. It functions as the need to protect these symbols of the Federal government’s authority and the public’s access to them. Over a period of several months Carroll accumulated bureaucratic paperwork and raised media attention in gaining the permission to document the structure.
The movie will be shown on the same day the footage was shot in Los Angeles in 2003, opening at 9 am on July 28th and ending at 9 am on July 29th. Screening simultaneously in two theatres over 24 consecutive hours, Federal strips away bureaucratic authority's affective quality through repetition, exposing the process of the building's realisation with the accompanying soundtrack. On one screen, the view of the north facade was taken from the LA National Cemetery, while the south façade was taken from the building’s parking lot. The freedom of choice in between the two screens however mirrors the restrictions that go unnoticed, both for the film and the public domain.
Storefront’s presentation of Federal is supported by the Strypemonde Foundation.
Mary Ellen Carroll was born in Danville, Illinois in 1961 and lives and works in New York City. The notion of representation and identification has always been at the core of Carroll’s oeuvre and her dedication to a political and social critique that is consciously developed without a signature style. The unifying conceptual premise is self-consciousness or physical mirroring and the copy. Her work is in numerous public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Federal was created with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship that Carroll received in 2003 and with technical and material contributions by the Panasonic Corporation and Outpost Digital. She spent 2004 at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, working on the project OFPC ’99—a large-scale aggregate land art piece that will be physically realized in Houston, Texas. In addition to a number of upcoming exhibitions and publications including a monograph to be published in 2007 by Mack/Steidl, she will have work in a forthcoming exhibition on architecture at MoMUK in Vienna, curated by Edelbert Köb.